Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi
David Oyelowo as Robert Katende
Lupita Nyong'o as Nakku Harriet
Martin Kabanza as Mugabi Brian
Taryn "Kay" Kyaze as Night, Phiona's older sister
Ronald Ssemaganda as Ivan
Ethan Nazario Lubega as Benjamin
Nikita Waligwa as Gloria
Edgar Kanyike as Joseph
Esther Tebandeke as Sara Katende
Peter Odeke as Mr. Barumba
Sheebah Karungi as Shakira
Screenwriters: William Wheeler
Producers: John Carls, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Director of Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt
Editor: Barry Alexander Brown
Music: Alex Heffes
Based on the life of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl’s life in in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda is changed when she meets Robert Katende. Katende teaches the children how to play chess. Curious, Phiona gradually learns the game. Soon, she becomes captivated by it and becomes one of the top chess players in her area. Chess emerges a possible means of escape from Katwe for Phiona and her family.
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